QUICK DRILLS FOR THE DRIVER/OPERATOR
Captain Eric Hankins, Yuba City (CA) Fire Department
The role of the driver/operator is arguably one of the most important
functions on the freground. From safe transportation to and from
the emergency scene to operating an engine or a ladder truck at
the scene of a multialarm fre, a competent and profcient driver/
operator is critical to the overall success of the operation. This
interactive class will include multiple quick drills that can be done
at the frehouse or in the response district. Drills will include pump
operations, drivers training, aerial operations, spotting/positioning,
ARFF operations, and wildland apparatus operations and will
range from 10-minute freground hydraulic drills to complex trouble
shooting of a fre pump, short-jacking a tower ladder, or positioning
aerial master streams without personnel in the bucket.
CONSTRUCTION CONCERNS: MODERN MATERIALS
Deputy Chief (Ret.) Gregory Havel,
Burlington (WI) Fire Department
At most fres, we assume, sometimes incorrectly, that immediate
structural collapse will not happen. Today’s manufactured building
materials have little fre resistance and collapse rapidly in fres.
In contrast, mass timber products, although they are combustible,
have some inherent fre resistance and may be less prone to
collapse than lightweight construction under fre conditions. Prefre
plans, operational procedures, and size-up help us make informed
decisions and work safely. Steel studs and trusses, laminated wood,
and drywall board were developed to save time and skill and are
part of most new and renovated buildings. Mass timber products
were developed to provide a sustainable alternative to concrete and
masonry construction. Students will see how changes in construction
methods and materials affect fre behavior and frefghting.
Firefghter survival requires prefre planning, incident size-up and
action plans, and changes to operating procedures.
FIRE SCIENCE FOR THE INCIDENT COMMANDER
Deputy Chief George Healy, Fire Department of New York
This presentation is designed for the incident commander (IC),
whether a company offcer or a chief, who must size up the incident
and make appropriate command decisions. The IC is responsible for
the safety of the public and operating personnel. Standard operating
procedures are the framework for our operations. Experience and
knowledge guide the IC through those critical split-second freground
orders that keep our members safe and effectively control the fre
hazard. The modern fre environment is more hazardous than the
fregrounds of yesteryears. ICs and company offcers must keep
their knowledge base current and learn from the experience of
those around them. Since there are fewer fre operations to serve
as learning opportunities, the fre service must share members’
individual experiences. Attendees become acquainted with the
science of fre dynamics and learn ways to marry experience and
knowledge on the freground.
BIG BOX STORE FIREFIGHTING : FROM THE SUPERSTORES TO
Captain Aaron Heller, Hamilton Township (NJ) Fire Department
This presentation is for any fre department that will potentially
respond to incidents involving challenging big box structures,
whether frst due or mutual aid. The various aspects of the box store
building features, engine company and truck company operations
in these structures, considerations for searching large areas, and
frefghter safety and survival are among the topics covered.
Emphasis will also be on considerations for the incident commander
and the company offcer.
FORCIBLE ENTRY WINS ARE IN THE DETAILS
Lieutenant Samuel Hittle, Wichita (KS) Fire Department
Why are some forcible entry attempts effcient while others
are embarrassing? The answer is in the details. Setting forks,
running a saw, and merely striking are not enough to ensure a
win. Success requires knowledge of the system being defeated,
familiarity with tool potential, and understanding basic physics
concepts (levers, force multipliers, torque, impulse, inertia, vectors).
This class will demonstrate nonevasive and evasive methods for
windows, residential and commercial doors, overhead doors,
hinges, padlocks, magnetic locks, high-density commercial systems,
window bars, glass block, shearing, boarded openings, and more.
Techniques will be shown in varying circumstances and will include
operations with hand tools only and saw capabilities by a single
frefghter and a company. Numerical evidence and video will
demonstrate why details like body positioning, tool placement and
alignment, striking techniques, and exploiting system faws matter.